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The Shepherd University School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

The School of Education aims to facilitate the development of liberally educated teachers who demonstrate the willingness and capacity to empower students and to exercise informed choices in a global society. The program is committed to promoting social justice, embracing diversity and inclusion, and enhancing teaching and learning through emerging technologies. Our rigorous program ensures that students have the ability to teach and reinforces their practices through numerous teaching projects and student teaching. Classrooms are equipped with technology and resources to ensure our students are trained to integrate technology in teaching.

In the spring of 2018, Shepherd University’s Teacher Education Program passed the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation review and received renewed full accreditation.  Shepherd University is proud of this notable achievement.

Please visit our Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Review website devoted to making public the information provided to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation for our 2017-2018 accreditation review and site visit.  The information located here includes a variety of data relevant to our teacher preparation program including the Summary Institution-Level Pass Rate Data (ETS).

Program Goals

Upon the completion of the program, our graduates will have the fundamental knowledge and the solid skills to fulfill the needs of the students in today’s education.

Innovation:  Instruct and communicate with students using 21st century methodology and using technology in an engaging/ interactive way to enhance student learning or sharing student products in a meaningful way in their classroom.

Experience: Engage in numerous service and field experiences to gain an understanding of growing/ developing quality educational practice/ pedagogy to become a successful educator.

Empowerment: Demonstrate and understanding of the importance of multicultural and socioeconomic awareness in terms of their students’ success.

Vision: Encourage student engagement by being flexible and innovative educators who develop creative lessons and approaches to instruction.

Collaboration: Grasp an understanding of the importance of collaboration among grade level teams, administrators, counselors, parents, and the community.

Undergraduate Programs

Elementary Education

Secondary Education

Early Education

“Placed on hold”. No new applications are being accepted at this time for the Early Education (PK-K) program. Students may choose to add the Early Education (PK-K) Endorsement to the Elementary Education program.

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Jennifer Penland, Ph.D.
Director, School of Education

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Arts in Teaching

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Richard Stevens, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education

LeAnn Johnson, Ph.D.
Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Belinda Mitchell, Ph.D.
Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction Program

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